Thursday, August 14, 2003
It's the Ekman Transport, Dammit

The National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Florida, has an explanation of the upswelling phenomenon causing cold water temperatures along Florida's northeastern coast. It also has the image below.

A picture showing water temperatures on the Florida east coast
Water temperatures along Florida's east cost. Click here for a larger version at the NWS/Melbourne web site.

See Cape Canaveral on the east coast? Its Delaware shaped county is Brevard County, and we're in Volusia County just north of there. Lighter shades correspond to colder water temperatures.

It looks like the temperatures in Flagler County are even colder.

NWS link via the Daytona Beach News-Journal, which has this story about the beachside coolness.

Of course, the upside to all this is a great sea breeze. We had the windows open the other night. In August. That's surprising.